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Retro Holidays 2016

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Not much changed this year in my Christmas decor. I only found a few new things that “made the cut”. Trying to keep it simple (the struggle is real) has made me much more selective.

Of course there were a few exceptions!

This pretty Christmas card box is a new addition in the peach bathroom.

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So are these sweet angel girls. They are actually candle holders.

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This great new Hallmark ornament is modeled after a split level mid-century home. I think it looks swell in my knotty pine mudroom.

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Our cozy basement family room was decked out for the season.

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My rolled gift wrap is corralled in an old shopping cart on wheels.

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This table is where I do my wrapping and writing cards. It doubles as an extra dining space when we are entertaining. After Christmas it is perfect for puzzles on a cold winter day. The tablecloth was a recent estate sale find as were some of the Santa and snowman mugs in the buffet.

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Some new albums were added to our collection this year.

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Here are some of my winter Pyrex in action. I think I was whipping up a hot meal for our oldest who was flying in from Canada for the holidays.

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These atomic dishes were a Christmas gift from my youngest. I just love this pattern; it looks great against my counter tops.

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I got these great books from my Toronto boy. The Mid-Century Ads is a gem and chock full of colorful advertising on every single page.

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Until next time, I hope you are enjoying these slower paced winter days.

We have a few projects planned for the next few months;  be sure to check back.

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Retro in Toronto

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Retro in Toronto

After several trips to Toronto in this past year to visit one of our sons, I have compiled quite a few snapshots of life there.

I love to see how others do “vintage”. I also am a history buff so visiting an old city is full of inspiration.

This beautiful city does not disappoint.

Of course, what kind of vacation would it be if we didn’t check out the local eateries?

The Lakeview is on old diner. It was featured on the popular television show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.

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The Kit Kat is a great Italian place, nestled in an old building downtown. You have to walk through the kitchen and around a large tree growing up the center of the restaurant.

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I love the neon signs. And the food.

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Did I mention how pretty the currency is in Canada? It is in mid-century colors: aqua, green and lavender. It makes it much more fun to spend! They match my vintage French wallet.

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We always managed to hit up some vintage shops. Like any big city, prices are high but still fun to look. Someone made a cool Christmas scene in this old television.

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Retro and mid-century lighting:

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And of course you must go to a Farmers Market. This is the biggest one in Toronto.

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We also took a boat ride to the Islands. How cool is this Tiki themed taxi-boat?

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This was the counter in a coffee shop.

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Pretty macarons in a French Bakery:

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This is the Canadian National Exposition, similar to a Worlds Fair for Canada. The fairgrounds are quite old.

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I am a little obsessed with chairs. Here is some retro seating in the reception area of our sons office.

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This chair is just crazy cool. Love the little tray for your laptop, paperwork or coffee.

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This cool light fixture is in the historic Drake Hotel. They have an awesome brunch.

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We do lots of walking when there. I love to snap photos of mid-century architecture. Look at those railings on the balconies of this apartment building.

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This 1877 building is all that remains of the old Central prison. It is the former chapel. As you can see it sits among the high rises and is protected from demolition.

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We love the coffee shops. And old pots. And coffee.

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Some vintage themed travel posters:

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This cool motorcycle shop was a must see:

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They like Richie and the Fonz as much as we do.

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I hope you enjoyed these few snippets of our travels this past year. These little trips were a nice distraction from the long reno going on here at home.

Come back soon as I fess up about my latest obsession: vintage bedding. My collection is outgrowing my linen cabinets.

The Winter That Never Ends

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If you have been wondering where I have been (or maybe you have not even missed me!) I have been holed up here on Croydon Place, watching snowstorm after snowstorm blow past. In addition, several times the temps have been so cold our local officials have warned to just stay home!

While I have been staying hunkered down much of the time, here is what Dear Hubby was doing. Nonstop. Every day. And night. Without end.

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Here are a few things I got as Christmas gifts this year from my sweet family: the chalk ware ballerinas were from Hubby, the aqua/ black Hazel Atlas ovide dishes are from our youngest and the atomic aqua/ gold travel themed glasses from our oldest. Do they know me or what?

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Here are Santa and Rudolph, waving to my poor postman, who really lives up to the Postman’s Creed. I think he was delivering me more Pyrex?

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On those cold snowy days when I had to venture out for groceries or shipping items, I have tried to hit at least one thrift store. Here are a few of my newest things; some of these are for my Etsy shop.

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This dollhouse will be just the thing for my soon-to-be granddaughter. It is an L-shaped ranch 🙂 It even came with all the furniture.

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I have been searching for the elusive “atomic/ shooting stars” Shiny Brite ornament; here it is in pink! It was in that big Woolworths box:

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Isn’t this little Santa band great? I think I will keep them.

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Here is a tension pole lamp I picked up for $30 at a local antique mall. The fact that this shop does not turn the heat on does not deter me one bit. What is a little frostbite, anyway? How do you think it looks in the living room?

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This pull down light was a $10 garage sale find from 2 summers ago. We just now got around to putting it up in the kitchen. I guess we think if we keep adding cool things to that room that we will never have to fix all that is WRONG with it 😦

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For some reason being snowed in makes me think I need to cook, bake and spend way too much time in the kitchen. Here is some homemade macaroni & cheese I threw together last week in one of my vintage Pyrex casseroles:

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So what have you all been up to this long winter? Any remodeling projects? Any thrifty finds? Let me know!

Stay warm folks!